Totten v. United States
|Totten v. United States|
|Decided April 10, 1876|
|Full case name||Totten, Administrator, v. United States|
|Citations||92 U.S. 105 (more)
23 L. Ed. 605; 1875 U.S. LEXIS 1732; 2 Otto 105
|Prior history||Appeal from the Court of Claims|
|Courts cannot hear cases in disputes involving spying contracts, because it might do harm to make public the details of the enterprise and embarrass the government.|
|Majority||Field, joined by unanimous|
Totten v. United States, 92 U.S. 105 (1876), was a United States Supreme Court case in which the court ruled on judicial jurisdiction in espionage cases. The court deemed an oral contract between a deceased spy and President Lincoln was unenforceable because courts cannot hear cases in disputes involving spying contracts, because it might do harm to make public the details of the enterprise and embarrass the government.
This case was later referenced by the court in a similar context in the 2005 case of Tenet v. Doe.
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